Greg Schiano, head coach at Rutgers, was informally interviewed on Tuesday for the Michigan vacancy, according to a published report.
The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger, in a story on its Web site, said Schiano met "for quite a while" with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin about the opening to succeed Lloyd Carr, who announced his resignation two weeks ago after 13 years as the Wolverines' head coach.
The newspaper cited an unidentified person who speaks regularly with Schiano. Neither Schiano, 41, nor Martin could be reached Thursday night for comment.
Rutgers athletic director Bob Mulcahy said Schiano's agent, Bryan Harlan, "asked for permission to meet" with Martin, but Michigan has yet to seek permission to formally speak with Schiano, according to The Star-Ledger.
"I have not heard anything formally from Michigan -- yet,"
Mulcahy told the paper.
The paper cited unidentified sources saying the meeting took
place Tuesday night in New York during the College Football Hall of
Fame banquet at a midtown Manhattan hotel. Though Michigan has made
no official offer to Schiano, the paper reported one could be
Schiano, who was named the 2006 Big East Coach of the Year, has led the Scarlet Knights to a 37-46 record and three bowl appearances -- including the International Bowl against Ball State on Jan. 6 -- in seven years.
A year ago, Schiano turned down a chance to become coach at
Miami, where was defensive coordinator before coming to Rutgers.
Schiano signed a four-year extension through 2016 that will pay him
$1.7 million annually after pulling out of contention for the Miami
The deal contains a buyout of $750,000 if Schiano were to leave
Rutgers between the end of the 2007 regular season and the
beginning of the 2008 campaign.
Schiano was asked Monday during his weekly news conference about
speculation linking him to Michigan and said, "We're not going to
start this stuff again."
"I haven't spoken to anybody about any job," he said, "and
that's where I'm going to leave it."
Martin has said he is looking for the next Carr, who led Michigan to the 1997 national championship and five Big Ten titles while keeping the school above suspicions about NCAA violations.
He had received permission to speak with LSU coach Les Miles
after the Tigers played Southeastern Conference championship game
on Saturday, but that meeting never took place, Miles signed a
contract extension to stay at LSU on Thursday.
Others coaches whose names have been mentioned for the Michigan job include Wake Forest's Jim Grobe, California's Jeff Tedford, Missouri's Gary Pinkel, North Carolina State's Tom O'Brien and Ball State's Brady Hoke.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.